This illustration was accompanied by a comment on the vicissitudes of bathing costumes:
Nothing could be prettier or more bewitching than the sight of a charming young woman in an elegant and tasteful bathing costume, as she trips over the sand from the dressing-house down to the water’s edge. . . .
But coming out! . . . Can it be that this dripping, bedraggled, forlorn object who comes slowly from the water is the nymph-like creature who excited such admiration a few minutes ago? What a laughable disillusion! . . .The pretty figures in the foreground of Mr. Winslow Homer’s charming pictureÉare perhaps an exception to the general rule, and illustrate the advantages of a costume peculiarly adapted to a graceful exit from the bath.
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Bathers, 1873. Wood engraving, Image: 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.175
Gift of Harvey Isbitts
Image: 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm); Sheet: 16 x 10 7/8 in. (40.6 x 27.6 cm); Frame: 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 42.5 x 3.8 cm)